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George Mason University
    George Mason University
2016-2017 University Catalog 
2016-2017 University Catalog

School of Business

Enterprise Hall
Phone: 703-993-1880
College Code: BU

The mission of the School of Business is to prepare a diverse student body to succeed in a global business environment.  Through the faculty’s creation and dissemination of business knowledge, practice, and pedagogy, we enable our students to develop analytical and communication skills and to practice ethical business behavior.

Business leaders and organizations are actively involved with the School of Business through executive education programs, speaker engagements, classroom lectures, case competitions, internships, and career placement.  The School of Business also maintains close connections to the business community through its advisory board and advisory councils to academic programs. 221 business leaders representing 168 different companies serve as advisory board (including Friends of the Alumni Chapter Board) or council members.

The School of Business enrolls more than 3,500 undergraduate students and more than 350 graduate students in its programs.

The School of Business’s programs offer students a variety of opportunities to enhance their professional endeavors.

  • Our innovative curriculum meets the demands of the marketplace, focused on business fundamentals, strategic thinking and teamwork.
  • Our distinguished faculty are cross-disciplinary collaborators and innovative practitioners that are passionate about education.  They bring both theoretical and applied expertise to the classroom.
  • Our outstanding career management professionals are dedicated to providing tailored support to promote our students’ professional advancement and leverage their degree over the short- and long-term.
  • Our diverse student population offers unique opportunities to network and learn from your fellow classmates. Students at Mason represent over 130 different countries and all 50 states.


Sarah Nutter, Dean
Anne Magro, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs
Kevin Rockmann, Associate Dean, Graduate Programs
Roy Hinton, Associate Dean, Executive Education
Diane Vermaaten, Assistant Dean, Finance & Operations
Paige Wolf, Assistant Dean, Graduate Programs
Jaclyn Buchy, Assistant Dean, Graduate Enrollment
James Gilbert, Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Programs
Kerry Willigan, Director, Career Services
Eleanor Weis, Director, Advancement & Alumni Relations
Nicole Hitpas, Director, Communications & Marketing
Jean-Pierre Auffret, Director, Research Partnerships and Grant Initiatives
Mark Troutman, Director, Center for Infrastructure Protection/Homeland Security
David Miller, Executive Director, Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Patrick Soleymani, Director, School of Business Minor Programs
Robert Wulff, Director, Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship
Karen Kitching, Director, MS in Accounting Program
JK Aier, Academic Director, MS in Accounting Program
Carolyn Grimsley, Director, MS in Real Estate Development
Kumar Mehta, Director, MS in Technology Management Program & MS in Management of Secure Information Systems Programs
JK Aier, Chair, Accounting Area
Amitava Dutta, Chair, Information Systems and Operations Management Area
Richard Klimoski, Chair, Management Area
Laurie Meamber, Chair, Marketing Area
Alexander Philipov, Chair, Finance Area



Aier, Chen, Cosgrove, Douthett, Faughnan, Hasan, Hylton, Ingram, Johnson, Kitching, Larsen, Li, Lisic, Magro, Nutter, Pawlewicz, Roman, Visvanathan, Wentland, Yahya-Zadeh

Business Foundations

Boylen, Brown, Demory, Harris, Magro Algarotti, Pierce, Ramos, Yuckenberg, Zylstra


Aldatmaz, Anderson, Canterbury, Christophe, Crockett, Gallay, Hanweck, Horstmeyer, Hsieh, S. Lee, Li, Philipov, Pilloff, Requeijo, Sanders, Wang

Information Systems and Operations Management

Aydin, Bellos, Chen, Das, Deans, Druehl, Dutt, Dutta, Garcia, Hampe, Jung, J. Lee, Mehta, Menon, Mishra, Porter, Sanyal, Singer, Ye


Cramton, Cronin, Grady, Hillen, Joshi, Klimoski, Kravitz, Langfred, C. Lee, H. Lee, Ling, Miller, O’Neil, Parker, Rockmann, Rosenbusch, Soleymani, Theeke, Wolf, Wolfe, Yasai


Cheng, Harvey, Hock, Hoppner, Joiner, Josephson, Kulick, McCrohan, Meamber, Shaner, Tretola, Vadakkepatt

Courses and Programs

The School of Business offers all courses designated ACCT, BMGT, BULE, BUS, EMBA, FNAN, GBUS, MBA, MGMT, MIS, MKTG, MSEC, MSIS, MBUS, OM, REAL, SOM, and TECM in the Courses  section of this catalog.


The programs in business education culminate in a BS degree with a major from one of five areas: accounting, finance, information systems and operations management, management, or marketing.


The School of Business offers an MBA, Executive MBA, and MS degrees in Accounting, Management, Real Estate Development, Technology Management, and Management of Secure Information Systems. 


The School of Business houses four centers. The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship provides experiential learning through academic programs as well as hands-on programs for Mason students interested in innovation, invention, early stage startups, and entrepreneurship. The Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship focuses on real estate research and education in real estate development and finance. The Investor Protection & Corporate Fraud Research Center strives to provide thought leadership on investor protection and fraud risk by sponsoring, conducting, and disseminating research in these areas. The Center for Infrastructure Protection & Homeland Security conducts research, develops projects, and provides expert analysis and insight into policy across a variety of infrastructure sectors and related fields, including energy, transportation, cybersecurity, defense and finance.

Academic Policies

Students should become familiar with the university’s general academic policies in addition to those specific to each academic unit.  Please see the Academic Policies  section of this catalog.


George Mason University uses only Mason e-mail accounts to communicate with enrolled students.  Students should activate their Mason e-mail, use it to communicate with their school/department/program and other administrative units, and check it regularly for important information.

Study Elsewhere Policy

A student who has matriculated at Mason may transfer a limited number of hours (9 for undergraduates, 6 for graduates) of coursework in School of Business disciplines from another institution (not including registration through the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area or coursework completed through the Center for Global Education).  Any course attempted elsewhere must take place more than 50 miles from the George Mason University Fairfax campus.

Special instructions for School of Business students: courses that are attempted at a two-year institution may not be used to fulfill upper-level requirements.  Any course that a student wished to transfer to fulfill major or graduate-level course requirements in the School of Business must be attempted at an institution accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

For additional information, see the George Mason University Permission to Study Elsewhere Policy in the Academic Policies  section of this catalog.

University Consortium

Students should review university policies regarding the University Consortium under Special Registration Procedures in the Academic Policies  section of this catalog.  Students who have attempted or failed a course at Mason are not permitted to take the equivalent course through the consortium under any circumstance.  All consortium registration requests must be submitted to the dean’s office at least 3 weeks prior to the first day of classes for the relevant semester at Mason.

Any consortium course that a student wishes to register for to fulfill major or graduate-level course requirements in the School of Business must be attempted at an institution accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Undergraduate Course Overload Policy

The School of Business recommends that undergraduate students attempt no more than 18 credits in an academic semester and no more than 14 credits in a summer term.  Students wishing to attempt more than 18 credits must submit a Permission to Overload form to their academic advisor.

To be eligible for a course overload, a student must fulfill all of the following criteria:

  • At least a 3.0 cumulative GPA at Mason
  • Have completed all courses successfully in his/her previous semester with no Fs or incompletes (IN)
  • Complete the Permission to Overload form and obtain an academic advisor’s signature

Freshmen and transfer students in their first semesters are not given permission for overloads as they have yet to establish an academic record at George Mason University.

If approved for an overload, the student is responsible for adding the additional class(es) and paying for the related tuition by the official university deadlines.

Appeals Process

The School of Business strives to maintain policies and procedures that are consistent with those of the University, as well as in the best interest of our students.  If you have any questions concerning a particular policy or procedure, please contact the Office of Academic and Career Services, Room 008 of Enterprise Hall (703-993-1880) or visit


Undergraduate Degree(s)

Bachelor's Level Certificate(s)

Undergraduate Minor(s)

Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Program(s)

Master's Degree(s)

Master's Level Certificate(s)